Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Review: FaceCamp At FaceGym Part One


FaceCamp is a boot-camp for your skin; a seven day programme that offers tailored face workouts, high powered treatments and special dietary tips to get your skin and face looking (and feeling) amazing. It is the creation of FaceGym, the UK’s original facial exercise and high performance skincare studio in Selfridges, and I will be trialling it during the next seven days!

Friday, 29 January 2016

Ingredients 101: Niacinamide


WTF: Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3, which is found in different kinds of foods, such as milk, eggs, fish, beans, green vegetables, meat and cereal grains.

Niacinamide is one powerful ingredient with serious skincare benefits. It is perfect in the fight against ageing, as it improves skin elasticity, reduces pigmentation and age spots and improves skin texture. There is also evidence to suggest that niacinamide stimulates cells in the dermis to produce more collagen (the protein that supports skin and gives it its firmness). Niacinamide is also perfect at treating excessive dryness as it helps to increase the production of ceramides (lipids in the outer layer of the epidermis) that help to protect skin against moisture loss, as well as shield it from bacteria and environmental damage. Ceramides form a protective barrier against water loss, so - to keep skin moist and supple - it is important to replace those ceramides lost through aging and skin damage.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

The Tuesday Tip: Reverse Hair Washing


When someone once told me about reverse hair washing, I called BS. However when TRESemmé recently launched a reverse washing collection, I knew this shit was for realsies.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Interview: Su-Man Hsu


What inspired you to work in the beauty industry? And how did your career journey begin?

I am not a beautician or a therapist. All my experience and skills come from being a dancer, shiatsu practitioner and pilates instructor. Merging these experiences together made me who I am as a facialist. It's a craft and it took me 10 years to perfect, so I see myself as a skin artist. I’ve always had a passion for the body and a desire to maintain beauty. It was only when I created my skincare brand, Su-Man, that I realised the beauty industry is a totally different world to what I was used to! There were so many hurdles and difficulties that I had not expected, especially regarding the business side of it. Luckily my husband, who is also my business partner, is a creative with great business skills and he helped me navigate my way through the commercial pressures without compromising my creative instincts.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Review: Skinbreeze Microdermabrasion Facial

The Promise: "Skin is smoother, fresher and clearer after just one treatment. Lines and wrinkles are reduced. Scars, acne scars, pock marks and stretch marks are eliminated. Instant results, that actually improve over time"

The Price: £150.00 per 60 minute treatment

The Place: Premier Laser Clinic, Suite 7, 116 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 5EW

The Treatment: My Skinbreeze Facial began with orbital microdermabrasion and LED light therapy that exfoliates the skin and removes unwanted imperfections and dead skin cells. It involved a small, handheld device - featuring a rotating abrasive pad - being worked around my face and neck. Although 'abrasive' sounds a little rough, I promise you this treatment isn't; I just experienced a vibrating sensation that was surprisingly relaxing. In addition, unlike most other microdermabrasion treatments, Skinbreeze doesn’t use harsh crystals which can damage the skin. As the device exfoliated my face, it also omitted pulses of red light, which are designed to neutralise bacteria, reduce redness, boost circulation and stimulate new tissue production.
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